You have a lot of different pressure washer nozzles. Despite being small, the nozzle is an important part. The nozzle decides how powerful the water pressure will be. Each pressure washer nozzle has its own purpose. Finding the most useful nozzles is very important. The right nozzle can quickly do the cleaning. The wrong pressure washer nozzle may not be able to clean the surface, or even worse, may damage the surface.
The basic quick connect type of pressure washer nozzles are color coded, the color tells you what pattern of fan spray the nozzle creates. The quick connect nozzle has a quarter inch male plug which snaps on to the wand.
Red Tip – Zero Degree
This is the pencil nozzle, it concentrates the water into one single point. This gives you maximum pressure. It is very useful when you have some difficult spots to clean. But it is also very dangerous, it can damage surfaces, and people. Since the water is concentrated into one single point, the red tip is not very useful for cleaning larger areas.
Yellow Tip – 15 Degree Fan
This is often the best nozzle for heavy cleaning, the water pressure is powerful but not as dangerous as you get with the red tip.
Green Tip – 25 Degree Fan
This is a good nozzle for washing. The pressure is not as dangerous as with the red and yellow nozzles. The green nozzle also covers a larger area than the yellow nozzle, which means that you can complete your cleaning task quicker.
White Tip – 40 Degree Fan
This nozzle is meant for delicate surfaces or for rinsing. It is very useful if you use your pressure washer to clean your car.
You also have a black tip quick connect nozzle. It is the so called soap nozzle. It has a larger orifice than the normal quick connect nozzles. This reduces the water pressure and makes it possible to mix soap with the water.
But rather than buying a number of different quick connect nozzles, you can buy one single variable nozzle. By turning the nozzle head, you change the spray fan from 0 degrees up to 80 degrees. In low pressure mode, you can also add soap.
The turbo nozzle is an improvement of the powerful zero degree nozzle. Because the water is concentrated into one single point, it takes a long time to clean a larger surface with a zero degree nozzle. The turbo nozzle takes the zero degree stream and spins it in a circle at very high speed. This means that you can clean a surface much quicker than with a standard zero degree nozzle.
Meg tips are not compatible with quick connect nozzles. Meg tips are threaded, so you need a lance designed for meg tips. Meg nozzles are available in different spray angles but they are not color coded.